GazzaS Posted April 7, 2021 Share Posted April 7, 2021 My next aircraft on my list to build is Roden's Albatros D.I in 1/32 scale. It's a nice kit with only a couple weaknesses that trouble me. Those troubles inspired me to to address them before I get on to the fun stuff. My first Roden Albatros was a D.III version which turned out like this: I will tell you the most important difference between a Roden kit and a WNW kit. If you were to build both OOB with no modifications and perform a barrel roll with each, the Roden kit will most likely lose it's upper wing. That is because the gluing surface on the Roden struts is so much smaller than on a WNW kit. This caused me much heartache while completing the D.III. So, on my next Roden build I decided I would start by reworking the struts first. Unfortunately, none of my brass or copper tube was the right size to flatten into nice struts. So, I tried a couple other methods with metal parts, but found that they would take longer than I wanted to invest. So, I decided to modify the existing parts with some brass .5mm rod. I used various scribing tools and small files to make the troughs. I ran out of time. but will complete filling in around the rod with black CA then sand smooth. BTW... Roden plastic is a bit softer than WNW plastic so the LG struts are a bit wobbly. I will pin them at the top before I glue them to the fuselage after I have modified the joint angle appropriately. Otherwise.... this should be an enjoyable build. Happy Modelling! Gaz 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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